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P R O F I L E Jim Stricklan 2017 with ovation - photo art by Matt Lankes

The Soul of the Southwest is vibrantly alive in the authentic artistry of Jim Stricklan.

Like great paintings, Jim’s songs are vivid stories of life and love in his homeland, the Great American Southwest. Jim’s warm baritone flows with sincerity and charm. His love of music as a teen led him down the twin paths of performance and radio, that would feed each other to enrich his art for decades to come.

A pioneer "Americana artist," Jim's prolific string of recordings are heard across the country and around the world. He has received honors from Cashbox Magazine, Westword’s “Best of Denver”, The Colorado Country Music Foundation, Southern Songwriters Guild and the Academy of Texas Music.

In Austin since 1990, Jim has created CD (albums) that roam the musical range of country, swing and blues, to acoustic rock and folk; offsetting fully produced studio works with acoustic gems that return to his “Front Room Music” roots. The Front Room Music catalogue includes songbooks, Jim's novel "Music Mountain," and over thirty splendid CD’s. Jim's songs are heard coast to coast, in Europe, and the South Pacific.

He has played a wide range of venues and events, including Austin Music Hall, Pecan Street Festival, Shreveport's Hirsch Coliseum, Texas Folklife Festival, Denver's Paramount Theater, Swallow Hill Cafe, and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Jim has opened shows for Shake Russell, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Arlo Guthrie, Dwight Yoakam, Eddie Rabbitt, and Asleep at The Wheel.

Jim Stricklan, 2017, Austin, photo by Matt Lankes